The beloved City of Loveland Round Mountain trail received a face-lift this winter as Big Thompson Watershed Coalition and project partners team up to restore just over 14 acres of ponderosa pine forest. This project enhanced the resilience of this stand and its ability to withstand long term threats such as fire, extreme weather events, insects, and disease by strategically thinning the forest.
We look forward to sharing completion of this project with local communities through informational workshops and site tours to spark discussion on wildfire resilience for those living and recreating in the Big Thompson and Loveland areas. Through these activities, we hope to enhance relationships and an understanding of needs between community members and fire and land managers.
Guest speakers, resources for wildfire risk reduction, snacks and refreshments provided.
Learn more about the Round Mountain Forest Management Project
For the Love of the Forest event series, join us for:
Big Thompson Forestry Community Planning
Round Mountain Forest Health project walking tour
Dates, location, and RSVP coming soon!
For the Love of the Forest! Workshop series
January 2019 Workshop 1: Round Mountain Forest Health Demonstration Project and Wildfire Risk Reduction in the Front Range
The purpose of this workshop was to inform the local community of the Demonstration project and greater forest management needs of the area while facilitating discussions on perceived concerns, interests, and limitations to successful forest management.
April 2019 Workshop 2: Big Thompson Forestry Community Planning Event. Join us this Spring!
April 2019, free to the public, this indoor event will cover topics like the Round Mountain Forestry Project, an Intro. to Forestry Planning, and Community-led forestry planning for the Big Thompson watershed.
August 2019 Workshop 3: Round Mountain Forest Health Demo. Project tour. Join us this Fall!
August 2019, free to the public. Join us for a field tour our the Demonstration Project at Round Mountain trailhead. We will tour the project site, discuss forest ecology needs, restoration design, and what homeowners can do on their land independently and with the help of local resources.
- Almost all participants indicated that forest management and fire fuel reduction in the Big Thompson Watershed was “Very Important” to them (a “5” on a scale of 1-5).
- Why does our community believe in forest management? The top three reasons are 1) to protect water quality and supply, 2) to reduce fuel for wildfires, and 3) to promote wildlife habitat.
- What are community concerns about forest management and thinning? The top three concerns are that people feel there is 1) a lack of information sharing to communities (to tourists specifically was also identified), 2) uncertainty of forest restoration science and planning, and 3) a lack of planning with local communities tied with the belief that our impact will be minimal and therefore not worthwhile.
- Many private landowners present at the workshop do conduct some type of fire fuel reduction and forest management on their own land. Their main limitations to performing more intensive forest management are: not having the equipment for thinning and processing; being unsure of which trees to remove; feeling that intensive management is too expensive; and having concerns that if they do manage their land, but their neighbors do not, their efforts may not be worthwhile.